Prisoners in 2016 (NCJ 251149) is Now Available.
This report, the 91st in a series of
reports on prisoners that began in 1926, presents data from BJS’s National
Prisoner Statistics (NPS) program on prisoners under the jurisdiction of
state and federal correctional authorities at year-end 2016. Findings include
data on prisoner counts, characteristics, admissions, releases, and prison
- The total number of
prisoners under the jurisdiction of state and federal correctional
authorities declined by 1% (21,200) in 2016, from 1,526,600 at
year-end 2015 to 1,505,400 at yearend 2016.
- More than half (54%) of
state prisoners were serving sentences for violent offenses at yearend
2015 (the most recent year for which data were available).
- Nearly half (47%) of
federal prisoners incarcerated on September 30, 2016, had been
sentenced for a drug offense (the most recent date for which federal
offense data were available). More than 99 percent of those drug
sentences were for trafficking.
Findings are based on data from BJS's
NPS Program, which collects annual data from state departments of
corrections and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
2016 Data Added to BJS’s
Corrections Statistical Analysis Tool (CSAT) - Prisoners
BJS’s data tool, CSAT - Prisoners,
provides instant access to NPS
program data on inmates under the jurisdiction of federal and state
correctional authorities. Users can generate tables of yearend populations,
admissions, and releases by selected prisoner characteristics.
The report, Prisoners in 2016 (NCJ
251149), CSAT - Prisoners, related documents, and additional information
about the Bureau of Justice Statistics can be found at bjs.gov.